The Film Society encourages the progressive evolution of film culture and individual lives by celebrating the transformative power of the moving image in all its forms. Through intelligent and innovative programming, it creates singularly vital experiences for audiences of all kinds.


  • Special Presentations

    The Film Society presents numerous special events throughout the year, from film premieres (often with special guests) to screenings with live music, and much more.

  • Doc Stories

    Showcasing bold new features and shorts as well as conversations with leaders in the field, Doc Stories explores new trends in non-fiction filmmaking and celebrates the year’s most important documentaries.

  • Modern Cinema

    Co-presented by SFMOMA and the San Francisco Film Society, Modern Cinema is a new series of film exhibitions exploring the dynamic forces interacting between cinema's past and present.

  • Online Screening Room

    The Online Screening Room features red carpet interviews, Q&As and and a curated selection of films from SF Film Society programs and the San Francisco International Film Festival. Watch at home or on-the-go with our slick streaming app.

  • Submit to the 60th Festival

    An essential stop on the festival circuit, the San Francisco International Film Festival is recognized throughout the world for its intelligent and adventurous programming.

  • Last Year's Festival Photo Album

    It is our pleasure to share moments and memories captured over the course of the 15 days of our 59th Festival.

  • Essential SF

    A key event in the Film Society's year-round appreciation of local talent, Essential SF shines a light on the Bay Area's most unique and creative personalities and their invaluable contributions to the film world.

  • Calendar

    View all events, deadlines and screenings.

  • Archive

    A treasure trove of all past Film Society screenings and special events. Here you will find all films shown in the San Francisco International Film Festival, our Fall Season and in our other year-round programs.

From our blog

  • In Focus: Elena Greenlee and her Dark Forest August 18, 2016

    An active member of the SF Film Society community, Elena Greenlee has been working to develop a screenplay for her film Dark Forest, which follows a hipster millennial—equally versed in neuroscience...   Read More

  • 2016 Doc Film Fund Finalists August 17, 2016

    We're pleased to reveal the ten finalists for this year's SF Film Society Documentary Film Fund awards—which total total $75,000 and support feature-length documentaries in postproduction. 200...   Read More

  • Member of the Month: Julie Soo August 2, 2016

    A fourth-generation San Franciscan, Julie Soo always clears her schedule for our fall festivals. Apart from brushing up on her Cantonese and Mandarin through our Hong Kong and Taiwan film series,...   Read More

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